Getting ready for CWI

Its been a while since my last post – a long while.

With temps in the 40s and sun nice and bright its getting me in the mood to start thinking about summer and attending the Gettysburg College Civil War Institute this summer. I can’t wait.

With my retirement in June I will be able to spend more time in Gettysburg.


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WhatsApp Messenger: Android + iPhone + Nokia + BlackBerry + Windows Phone


I just downloaded WhatsApp Messenger on my Android.

It is a smartphone messenger which replaces SMS. This app even lets me send pictures, video and other multimedia!

WhatsApp Messenger is available for Android, iPhone, Nokia, Windows Phone and BlackBerry and there is no PIN or username to remember – it works just like SMS and uses your internet data plan.

Get it now from and say good-bye to SMS!

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Civil War era quilts on display at McCook House

Posted by Bob Evans, July 9, 2012

Civil War era quilts

Civil War era quilts are on display in the McCook House in Carrollton, OH>

Civil War era replica quilts are on display through the end of July at the McCook House Civil War Museum on Public Square in Carrollton.

The displays were set up by Dave Lewis of North Canton and Pat McArtor of Homeworth.  They are members of Yesteryear Quilters who meet at Anna Louisa’s Needle Arts in Louisville.

Yesteryear Quilters visit museums and copy cloth patterns from the Civil War Era through the end of the century.  Using reproduction fabric, the group creates the quilts.

One of the quilts on display is for Mary Ann “Mother” Bell Bickerdyke, a hospital administrator for Union soldiers during the Civil War.  She was born in Knox County, OH, later moving to Galesburg, IL

A large quilt hanging from the second floor staircase features pictures of Union and Confederate soldiers as well as women who posed as men to fight during the Civil War.

Lewis printed the pictures, originally published by the Library of Congress, on cloth, and were then used in the quilt pattern.

The McCook House Civil War Museum is open Memorial Day through Labor Day and the second weekend in October, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.  For more information, call 330-627-3345.

Shown above with the Bickerdyke quilt are:   Pat McArtor and Dave Lewis.

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Gettysburg CWI

Working on an overall story from CWI 2012. Just keep watching.

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CWI starts Friday

Pa Memorial

Working on the top of the Pennsylvania Memorial on Wednesday afternoon.

The annual Gettysburg College Civil War Institute will get underway Friday afternoon.

I arrived in Gettysburg on Wednesday and immediately took  my own tour of the battlefield where I came along something I have had never seen before – work being done to the top of the Pennsylvania Memorial.

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I am now on vacation. Gettysburg here I came.

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Last day

Last day of work for the next two weeks. Will arriving in Gettysburg Wednesday afternoon.

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